Less, is more?

The body is sore a lot these days. Actually, if I really think about it. The body is sore every day. It feels good. It means there’s some serious effort going on around here, determination, focus, accomplishment, milestones.

One hurt that’s not so good, the left-shoulder. Or is it? Met with the Doc today and finally heard the result of the MRI. The good news: nothing is torn or broken or fallen out of its socket-thingy. The bad: need to tone it down. The shoulder is being over worked, and if its kept up, something will break or tear or fall out of the socket-thingy. So, here we are: Feeling more committed than ever to hitting WOD’s and the 90DC, and the agility and strength and the way my body feels, getting better every day, realizing some new cool feat almost daily, like the first ever tripod today. And now I have to tone it down? Not sure how I feel about that.

The conversation with the Doc went in circles. Me: ‘So I have to stop?’ Doc: ‘No, you don’t have to stop, but you can’t keep doing what you’re doing.’ Me: ‘I can’t keep doing what I’m doing?’ Doc: ‘Not if you want to get better.’ Me: ‘So, what can I do?’ Doc: ‘You can do some, but not all. You have to do less.’ Me: ‘Less?’ Doc: ‘Less.’ Me: ‘Okay, Okay. I think I can do less.’ What’s really needed is time to process.

So I hit tonight’s WOD:


Russian Gymnastics Warm-Up – Day 1


I. AMRAP in 7 Minutes:

15 Kettlebell Swings (53/35)

15 Box Jumps (24/20)

II. AMRAP in 15 Minutes:

Overhead Squats (95/65)

The kettle bells and box jumps were not a problem. Finished 4 rounds. Kettle Bell @ 26lbs. The Overhead squats. I went light, @ 45lbs. Dunno. How do you do less and still not let all the progress go down the drain?

Coincidentally, a friend forwarded a very interesting article on some recent controversy surrounding Yoga, and whether it can actually wreck your body, of all things. Yes, Yoga.

Here’s the thing, like the article says, being active, pushing yourself, CF, keeps me motivated, connected and inspired. But perhaps the real question should be; Am I pushing my body too hard to feed my ego? Yes it feels good to PR. Damnit. Yes, its awesome to feel stronger and more able than recent memory. But if you don’t listen to your body, if you push too much, you will only have yourself to blame. Well, and your ego to blame. And some serious injury and the inability to exercise, as the consolation prize.

Determined to find the median in here somewhere.

mmmm…. buurrrgerrrr…

It’s been a long time since I’ve had one of these.

That said. Finding I don’t miss it as much as I thought I would. We’re about half way through the 90DC, and its time to amp it up. There’s progress being made, but am starting to get impatient. Somedays I feel weaker, somedays stronger. One thing is consistent, feeling incredibly antsy. Am going to continue to fine tune the diet, get more strict. Also, struggling against some left shoulder issues. It doesn’t want to do any of the things I’m asking it to do. Regardless. Not feeling overly empathetic at the moment.


Burpee Skill Transfer


I. Establish a 1 Rep Max Thruster

Completed: Worked up to a Max Rep of 85lbs. Thanks to Laura, my partner in crime today, for the boundless encouragement and tips on form.

II. For Time:

10 – 9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1

Push Presses (115/75)

Hand-Release Pushups

Completed: Push Presses at 55lbs. Knee pushups. Total Time: 10:57.

III. 3 Sets:

Max Reps Toes-to-Bar

Completed: Knees to hips. 3 rounds of 10 each.

Rest 1 Minute Between Sets

“To live for results would be to sentence myself to continuous frustration. My only sure reward is in my actions and not from them.”  – Hugh Prather